Gateroom] The character of Major Lorne in
“Stargate: Atlantis” has made a huge impact on
the fans. How did you get the role?
[Kavan Smith] Well... I had done a little role
on SG1 (Enemy mine) a few years earlier and I
suppose when they decided to add a new character
when they saw the auditions they liked mine and
thought, “Hey why don’t we just bring back his
old character and see what happens.” And that’s
[TG] We know very little about Major Lorne. Care
to share any little titbits?
[KS] Much better sense of humor that he’s
allowed to show (as of yet) Quite ambitious in
his career. Loyal to his friends and family.
Dedicated to his mission. Also he paints and
[TG] At present, Major Lorne is missing an
important piece of his identity - his first
name! Are you aware of an online campaign to
name the character Spansky? There are online
debates and petitions regarding this. What do
you think of this, and do you know Lorne’s first
[KS] I’ve recently been told that his name has
been decided upon and it will be “Evan” Not sure
how they plan to spell it.
[TG] Where can you see Major Lorne heading in
[KS] Never really sure. The options are so vast.
That’s the thing with sci-fi, the possibilities
are limitless. I hope they allow his sense of
humor to develop a bit more. I obviously I hope
they include him more in major plot ideas. But
in all honesty I have no idea.
[TG] With Major Lorne's return to Stargate, both
you and he have developed quite a fan following
(especially on Gateworld.net and LiveJournal.com).
Is that surprising? Did you ever think that
you'd develop a major fanbase?
[KS] I really had no idea that this following
even existed until I was talked into attending
Dragon Con ’06. That was an eye opener. But I
wish that everyone had people telling him or her
they loved what he or she did. It feels
wonderful. Makes me smile every time.
[TG] Do you attend conventions, and if so, where
are you planned to appear in the foreseeable
future? Any chance of visiting the UK or
[KS] Like I just said I did just do Atlanta and
have plans to go to Manchester in November and I
think Australia/New Zealand next year.
[TG] You have had guest spots on various Sci-Fi
shows such as SG-1, Atlantis, The 4400 and
Battlestar Galactica. Out of all the shows you
appeared on, which would you like to receive a
permanent role on and why?
[KS] In my line of work anytime somebody offers
you a permanent role you take it (obviously it’s
not that simple, but close) but I have had so
much fun on all of him or her, I honestly
couldn’t pick one. Each character is so
[TG] Do you prefer to work on Sci-Fi projects,
or are there other genres you like doing better?
[KS] My favorite has always been comedy. I come
from the theatre and love to laugh and make
others laugh. But again as an actor I take
enormous pleasure in making people feel… period.
Any genre offers that possibility.
[TG] Is there a reason that you choose to appear
in a lot of sci-fi shows?
[KS] They chose me. I live primarily in
Vancouver and there’s a lot of sci fi work here
so it was a natural occurrence.
[TG] Have you done any work or plan to do work
on any of the crop of shows that are being shot
in or around Vancouver (eg. Eureka, Psych, Kyle
XY, Blade, Saved, Supernatural)?
[KS] I’ve recently done a guest star on Blade
and have had some dealings with Eureka and Saved
but as of yet nothing has worked out.
[TG] Your fans always look forward to seeing you
in something new. What is there on the horizon
that we need to keep an eye out for?
[KS] I am currently finishing up the season on
SGA and have also recently narrated a very
serious and important documentary called “Uganda
Rising” very heavy, very serious, and very
fulfilling. Would have done it for free. So far
up until now it’s probably the most important
thing I’ve done in my career.
[TG] Your fans are always wanting to know more
about your background. Where were you brought
up, and is there anything in your upbringing
that influenced you to become an actor?
[KS] I was bred to take over my fathers
business, financial planning, but going into my
2nd year of university studies aimed
at a law degree a realization came over me that
if I were to continue down that path I would
probably slit my wrists by the age of 30. So I
took some time, thought about what it was that
made me happiest and realized it was making
people laugh… and then that eventually with time
and schooling became a love of entertaining. I
was primarily brought up in Calgary Canada at
the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Much of my
family is still there. But I’m not much of one
for going back there. I hate stepping backwards.
So they have to come see me. Kidding.
[TG] Is acting your full time job? Do you get
enough work for it to be? If not, what else do
you do to make a living?
[KS] I have made my living solely as an actor
for the last 8 years. Before that I bartended
for 3 and before that made my living as an actor
for the prior 4 years. So minus the brief stint
getting annoyed with drunks it’s been my full
time and only job for over a decade. Some years
are obviously better than others. But even when
things are shit, I still wouldn’t trade it for
the world. It’s what I love and it’s what I do.
I feel very lucky. Not many people in this
twisted and crazy world get to say that they
love what they do and can make a decent living
[TG] Another question that seems to bemuse your
fans is what, exactly, does the middle initial
“J” stand for, please?
[KS] My father has always steadfastly insisted
it stands for “Jackass” but according to my
mother it stands for “Joel” my grandfather’s
name. I like to think my mother is right on this
[TG] In one of your interviews, it kind of reads
as though you are a pilot. Is this true, and if
so, what do you like to fly?
[KS] I like anything that moves fast, car,
motorcycle, plane, Helicopter… you name it I’ll
take it for a spin.
[TG] What is the most embarrassing CD you will
admit to owning?
[KS] Whale noises.
[TG] Chocolate or cheese?
[KS] Is there such a thing as chocolate covered
cheese? No, I didn’t think so… Tough one…
[TG] If you, Kavan Smith, had the chance to go
through the gate to Atlantis, would you go?
[KS] I’ve already gone and strongly recommend
[TG] And what would your one luxury item be?
[KS] My wife.
[TG] Thank you very much for your time, Kavan!